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World’s oldest cheese found in Egyptian jar

Scientists have discovered that a solidified whitish substance in an ancient jar dug up in Egypt is “probably the most ancient archaeological solid residue of cheese ever found.” A study published this week in Analytical Chemistry says the cheese was made from a mixture of cow milk and that of …

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A New History of Arabia, Written in Stone

By Elias Muhanna   On a small rock found in Jordan, Ahmad Al-Jallad, a linguistics professor in the Netherlands, discovered text that he thought could be the oldest known record of literary expression in Arabic.   Afew years ago, Ahmad Al-Jallad, a professor of Arabic and Semitic linguistics at Leiden University, …

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2,000-year-old sculpture found in Saudi desert

An ancient sculpted rock, depicting camelids (even-toed ungulate mammals) and equids (a mammal of the horse family), has been found in the northern Saudi province of Al Jawf. Although the camel has been a common motif in the artworks of the region for millennia, the latest discovery is “unprecedented” in …

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Fossil of ‘our earliest ancestors’ found in Dorset

Fossils of the oldest-known ancestors of most living mammals, including human beings, have been unearthed in southern England. Teeth belonging to the extinct shrew-like creatures, which scampered at the feet of dinosaurs, were discovered in cliffs on the Dorset coast. Scientists who identified the specimens say they are the earliest …

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Egypt critical of ‘hasty’ pyramid announcement

Egypt’s antiquities authorities on Friday criticized what it described as a hasty public announcement by an international team of finding a big void inside the Great Pyramid in Giza near Cairo. “The Antiquities Ministry believes that the research team should not have hastily addressed public opinion at this stage,” Secretary …

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